The Chatter House, one of the first gastro pubs in Delhi or even in India, opened up a second branch in Khan Market after achieving riveting success and much appreciation for the first outlet in Epicuria, Nehru Place. Now, I haven’t been to the one in Nehru Place so I wouldn’t be able to compare but The Chatter House Khan Market is surely the place to go to if you’re looking to go out for a drink and are in the neighbourhood.
The interiors are quite chic and modern, giving the perfect pub look and feel. It’s divided into 2 floors, both of which are done brilliantly so as to ensure comfort without any compromises. The unique factor, which is worth a mention, is the change of menu every 3 months, which sets it apart from all other restaurants, cafes, lounges or pubs. The hospitality is superb; the staff courteous and quite knowledgeable when it comes to the menu.
The food is mostly, what you call pub food. The cocktail menu of course is absolutely spectacular. They have mixes that are available nowhere else, and each one of them, a reminder of how cocktails should really be. They don’t use the cheaper alcohol varieties for their cocktails, so no Smirnoff or Teachers or Sula, which is quite a relief because the kind of alcohol used completely changes the taste of the cocktail. The design of the menu too, is worth a mention because it definitely brings the cocktails to life. The food menu is also quite interesting, although it might not blow one away, the way the cocktails menu does.
I tried the following items from the food and drinks menu:
Veg Tostadas: The sound of freshly made nachos topped with veggies and cheese seemed like an amazing idea, and it almost was. The thick layer of cheese was delicious, but the fried tortilla bread didn’t work for me as it was too hard. Otherwise, the tostadas tasted good.
Dahi Kebab: The dahi kebab here is made purely out of hung curd. Most other places mix paneer with hung curd, but this one would be the real dahi kebab, which makes it a bit sour than usual. Otherwise, it was soft and delicious.
Dal Makhani with Blue Cheese Naan; Now, this was one of the dishes I was looking forward to, having heard about it so much. And it did live up to my expectations. The dal was creamy and spicy, just how it should be. The blue cheese naan was delectable too. So basically, blue cheese gives a bit of a ghee like taste on the naan, which definitely works. But it might not be everyone’s cup of tea as blue cheese has its own peculiar taste and smell. I personally liked it quite a lot.
Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni: The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful presentation of this dish. The taste too follows.
Margharita Pizza: This isn’t the regular margharita as along with the regular ingredients of cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and mozzarella, this one has the additional topping of ricotta cheese. The base too is perfect and it’s surely one of the most delicious pizzas I’ve had in a long time!
Pop’s Favourite Sangria: It’s one of the most unheard cocktails but one of the most perfect ones. The blend of chocolate, wine, pomegranate and dark rum is heavenly.
The Breezy Kit: Watermelon, basil, vodka. The three things in a drink that make it perfect for me, until I knew that more could be done with it. The slight addition of the cinnamon, star anise and cloves make it the best it can ever be.
So all in all, I had a fantastic experience, and would totally go back, especially for the stunning cocktails.